10 Essential Home Propane Safety Tips

Keep your indoor and outdoor appliances and home propane tanks safe.

propane Talbot County, MD At Poore’s Propane and Oil, we believe that enjoying versatile, clean-burning propane should be done in the safest way possible. Propane is non-toxic. Even in the rare event of a tank leak, you don’t need to worry about it negatively affecting soil, water, plant or animal life.

However, a propane tank leak is still a considerable safety concern. Propane can present asphyxiation and explosion risks. So, here are 10 vital propane safety tips.

Six Propane Safety Tips for Your Tank and Home Appliances

Propane heating, water heaters, dryers, ranges, hearth products and other major appliances can really elevate your quality of life. You can fuel all these products from a secure, dedicated home propane tank. Still, you need to be prepared in case you encounter a fuel leak on your property.

Here are five safety tips for your home’s propane tank and equipment.

  1. Recognize the signs of a propane leak. Propane is odorized to smell like rotten eggs, spoiled meat or skunk spray. This can help you identify a leak. We also recommend you install UL-listed gas detectors near your propane appliances. Carbon monoxide detectors, while essential safety devices, cannot detect a gas leak.
  2. Post emergency numbers prominently in your home. These should include local emergency services and your propane provider. Ensure your family knows these numbers.
  3. Know the signs of gas exposure. According to the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), these symptoms include:
  4. Low Exposure Significant Exposure
    Nausea Pain or numbness in limbs
    Dizziness Convulsions
    Headaches Diarrhea
    Drowsiness Rapid loss of consciousness
    Coughing Asphyxiation
    Irregular heartbeat Heart Failure
  5. Know how to shut off the propane supply to your home. Your propane tank’s supply valve is located under the lid of the tank. Lift the lid and turn the main valve to the right (clockwise) to shut off the supply from the tank to your house. Here is a helpful video from PERC .
  6. Review how to respond to a propane leak. If you detect gas in or around your home, get everyone out of the area IMMEDIATELY. Extinguish any sources of ignition (like candles and cigarettes) and close your tank supply valve, if safe. When you’re clear of the leak area, call 911 and your propane company to address the issue.
  7. Arrange regular propane safety inspections and equipment maintenance. You can reach out to Poore’s Propane and Oil to discuss your propane service needs.

Four Safety Tips for Grill Tanks and Other Propane Cylinders

At this time of year, many of our customers use portable propane cylinders for grilling, fire pits, and other outdoor activities. Here are four key safety tips for your propane cylinders.

  1. Leak-test your grill tank after it’s attached. The process is fairly simple. Just spray down the cylinder valve, grill regulator and hose with a 50/50 mixture of dish soap and water. Then, open the cylinder’s valve. If you see bubbles, tighten all the fittings. Check for bubbles again. If you still see them, you could have a leak. Immediately close the cylinder and contact your propane supplier.
  2. Always refill or exchange your grill tank right before returning home. Transport cylinders upright and secured in a truck bed or, if they are inside the vehicle, with your windows open. Never leave a cylinder in an enclosed vehicle, especially on a hot day.
  3. Always transport and store your cylinders in an upright position. Keep them away from flames and spark-producing appliances and out of extreme heat.
  4. Store cylinders in the open air — never indoors or in a garage or shed.

Are you looking for a reliable, safety-focused propane company in Talbot County or elsewhere in Central Delmarva and Eastern Pennsylvania? Join the Poore’s family of customers.